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7 Modern Museums in Europe to Visit

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There is no shortage of fabulous museums on the Old Continent. The Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Prado in Madrid… If you’ve already had the chance to visit some of the classics, here are a few museums that have opened in recent years that alone justify another trip to Europe!

La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux, France

A journey through time on the theme of wine: that’s what this new space dedicated to the pleasures of Bacchus offers you, with around twenty immersive, sensory and interactive adventures. Dedicated to the discovery of wine cultures and civilisations, this place allows you to discover much more than the French terroir. And what about the setting, right in Bordeaux!

The architects, Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières of the XTU architectural firm, used symbols and drew inspiration from the wine swirling in the glass and the gnarled vine. On the ground floor, the Wine Tours Information Space will help you organise your wine tourism excursions in the region.

Chaplin’s World, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland

Imagined by the Canadian Yves Durand, among others, this unique and moving place allows us to revisit Chaplin’s prolific career, but also to enter into the intimacy of his life in Switzerland. In The Studio, we get to know Charlie before Chaplin, from his childhood in a working-class neighbourhood of London. Here the visitor is invited to touch, dress and act.

We discover his journey through his films and the characters that crossed his path. In the second building, the Manoir de Ban, we enter the artist’s universe in the very place where he lived with his family from 1953, after becoming persona non grata in the United States. It is a visit full of emotions, where you will go from laughing to crying.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France

Long before Instagram, Yves Saint Laurent established himself as one of the greatest “influencers” of his time. Inaugurated on 3 October 2017, the museum dedicated to him presents creations, sketches, photos and videos in a Second Empire mansion on Avenue Marceau, the very place where the iconic designer and his teams imagined collections for thirty years. Almost a decade after his death, this is a wonderful way to rediscover the iconic pieces that made his reputation, from the pea coat to the trousers that were then forbidden to women in companies, including the safari jacket.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit Paris, the Louis Vuitton Foundation invites contemporary art lovers to immerse themselves in the history of 20th and 21st century art. In addition to the collections, visitors can enjoy panoramic views from the various terraces. The building bears the signature of the important American architect Frank Gehry. Opened in October 2014, this private museum is located in the Bois de Boulogne, a few steps away from the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Beauty inside and out!

MIMA, Brussels

Inaugurated in April 2016, the MIMA, which stands for “Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art”, in the heart of the Moleenbeck district, gives street art its rightful place in Brussels. Graffiti rubs shoulders with comics and 2.0 culture is on display in all its Brussels diversity.

Graffiti meets comic strips and 2.0 culture is on display in all its diversity. Although its birth, scheduled for the day of the attacks, was not without pain, its first steps have taken it much further than expected, with twice as many visitors as expected in its first year. A particularly relevant place in this era of artistic fusion.

Confluences, Lyon, France

Its architecture, inspired by the confluence of two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, is bound to attract attention in Lyon. Open to the public since December 2014, the Musée des Confluences impresses even before you enter its rooms tracing the origins of mankind. Here, universal questions are explored in a permanent journey through four exhibitions.

At first glance, it may seem a bit of a hodgepodge, presenting everything from dinosaurs to contemporary objects and funeral rites, but it is ultimately a fascinating journey through the history of mankind and its complexity. Visit alone, in a group or with the family as there are workshops for children.

Acropolis Museum, Athens

Since 2009, this museum, just a stone’s throw from the Acropolis in Athens, has been offering a fabulous journey through the history of this mythical land. Even before you step inside, you’ll be amazed by the ancient city, visible through a glass floor. Archaeology lovers will be thrilled to discover some 4,000 objects dating from 1000 BC to 700 AD, displayed over 21,000 square metres. Amazing.

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